A Wonderful Thrill: Standing At Ground Zero As A 2-Kiloton Nuclear Bomb Explodes Over Your Heads

by
Abby Zimet

What We Have and Haven't Learned Over Time Dept: On this day in 1957, five Air Force officers (all volunteers) and a photographer (not) stood directly underneath a Nevada Test Site nuclear detonation 18,000 feet above them - or 10,000, depending on the account - to prove how safe it was. The event was excitedly recorded by a football-game-like announcer - "It worked, it worked! A perfect, perfect shot! Just beautiful!" - followed by celebratory grins and handshakes all around as they stand by a joke placard reading "Ground Zero:  Population Five." Today, most have died, though it's hard to say how many died from this. Astounding.

This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.

Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Simply Won't Exist.

Share This Article

More in: